I’ve always been that Mum who wanted the Pinterest looking bedroom, monochrome decor and everything in its place ready for to be snapped for the gram. Baxter came along and life changed. He drew all over the designer sheets I brought him and now loves to watch Nickelodeon rather than play with his latest toys I got him.

Well, this dude is now OBSESSED with PAW Patrol and how could I say no when he spotted this PAW Patrol duvet cover? PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Shimmer & Shine are his current favs. He goes “oooh Blaze, oooh Blaze!” when it comes on. I have seen a bunch of different cartoons since Baxter has shown to start a bit of interest in the TV, obviously it is not something we use all the time but it’s nice to know what when we do switch it on as a distraction, the content is educational and not mindless like most of the others out there or some of the crap you find on YouTube. I have always loved Nick Jr, it’s a fun brand and they have all the best shows on! It’s reassuring as a parent to know that the kids are safe watching Nick Jr.

We have also recently discovered the Nick Jr. website which has a bunch of cool and FREE activities which are going to come in handy over the Christmas period! Sometimes it can be really difficult to keep the kids occupied, especially if you’re away traveling or stuck inside (praying to the weather gods it doesn’t come to that). The best part is that the resources are available on all devices, anytime and anywhere!

Seeing as December is the month for giving… I have a MASSIVE box of Nick toys to give away from the lovely Nickelodeon team (perfect for the school holidays).

To enter to WIN, head to the Nick or Nick Jr website at www.nicknz.co.nz  or www.nickjr.co.nz , and take a photo of your little one enjoying their favourite show – then post the photo in the comments of the Facebook post.

I’ll draw a winner on Tuesday 19th December at 9am. You gotta be in to win (the toys and some peace and quiet!).

Terms & Conditions here – http://bit.ly/2AQ6SYV

The week before Christmas, Reuben and I were lucky enough to have a baby-free evening at the Bolton Hotel in Wellington. I haven’t had many nights away from Baxter but knew we both needed it. Not only does having a baby change your life in many amazing ways, it changes your relationship too and both Reuben and I knew we needed a night away to treat ourselves and relax (well, try to anyway as I am terrible at it). The Bolton Hotel is a 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the city, located on Bolton St off The Terrace so it’s in close proximity to all major amenities, tourist locations and a short walk/uber ride to the nightlife scene.

We hadn’t stayed there before and were hanging out for the peaceful break! I must admit, though, we did dial into the baby monitor at Mum & Dad’s on several occasions just so we could sneak a peek at our little man. I trust my parents 100% but it’s always nice to see them (and check they’re sleeping). The staff were amazing when we arrived, super friendly and gave us the run down, where everything was etc. I loved that we could park right out the front so I didn’t have to waddle too far (ha).

We stayed in one of their Classic Suites, which had everything we needed or could have needed. I liked the fact that it had a separate living area to the bedroom (which meant Reuben could watch the cricket – zzz) and I could blob on the bed and order room service or trawl Facebook feed using their free WIFI (who doesn’t love free WIFI?) even better, they have an in-room iPad for you to use complete with a jazzy hotel app which allows you to order all sorts of delicious goodies, see what’s happening around the city, book a wake up call and so many other things that didn’t involve picking up a phone and talking to somebody. I was super stoked to see a bath in the suite. Yes, we have a huge bath at home but it’s nice to not bath surrounded by floating plastic toys or having a child sticking their finger in your belly button and laughing.

We were treated to dinner at their amazing Artisan restaurant too, we googled the menu before we had even checked in as anybody who knows me, knows I am ridiculously fussy. We were both well impressed with the menu, although we didn’t know what half the things on the menu were (cue more googling). This is purely from lack of us getting out and experiencing/trying new things. Well, try new things we did. We asked the lovely lady looking after our table what she recommended and she guided us well. We started with Halloumi fritters, brioche crumb, quinoa and broad bean salad, tamarillo jam and the Goat’s cheese soufflé with cherry tomatoes, spinach. Wow, I would not usually eat any of the above, and it was a taste explosion, one I thoroughly enjoyed and I am not just saying that. Even Reuben was amazed that I polished off all of mine (and ate some of his). For dinner, we played it safe and selected something we knew we both loved – Beef. We chose the Beef fillet and short rib with Pho beef broth, herb tortellini and mirepoix. Again, divine. Had a real Asian twist to it, something I am usually scared of (flavours in general). My god, it was delicious. Come dessert, I am all about the Chocolate, we had the Chocolate “en surprise” with dulce de leche and roasted peanuts to share. I am pretty sure I ate all of it. Holy moly, what a dish!! The presentation blew me away and I simply didn’t want it to end. The staff were fantastic with us, explaining which cutlery to use when (yes, we’re that noob). They also made me the most delicious Strawberry mocktail (pregnant and all).

We slept amazingly and had a late checkout to allow us to demolish the breakfast we had delivered to our door that morning. By far, the best hotel breakfast I have EVER had in my life. REAL coffee, the most delicious smoothie, REAL bacon and again, presented really nicely and piping hot when delivered.

When checkout time came, the car was waiting at the door for us and the staff were super friendly and chatty.

Would highly recommend for a child-free night, would also attempt taking Baxter (the idea still scares me) as you could easily set their porta cot up in the living area so you have some privacy/peace still or you could opt for a bigger twin room.

As I know, all you mamas are super hard working and deserve a night off for some relaxation. So, I’ve teamed up with the lovely team at The Bolton Hotel to give away a nights stay for 2 with complimentary breakfast*.

To enter, just comment over on the New Mum Club Facebook page pinned post (the post you clicked on to get here) why you and your partner (or you and a friend) deserve a night away. You must also like the Bolton Hotel Facebook page (we can check).

The winner will be drawn on February 16th at 6 pm.

*Bolton Hotel T&C’s – stay can be used on a weekend night (non-event) and will have 1-year validity.

New Mum Club standard T&C’s – https://newmumclub.com/terms-conditions/

Wow, can’t believe that since the 1000 likes giveaway was launched we’ve now smashed the 2000 likes mark also (yes, there are more giveaways to come).
I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the brands that put products into the prize pack, it is so awesome to have the support from such awesome companies.
My second big thank you is to all of you for making it all possible, without you I wouldn’t have the ability to do this and I am thankful for each and every one of you who read and support my blogs.
Now, for the moment, you’ve been waiting for.
The winner is………..*
SARAH-LEE PATTERSON
Congratulations! Please email hello@newmumclub.com to organise dispatch of your prize.
* the winner was drawn under supervision and was also filmed. If the prize remains unclaimed within 7 days, a new winner will be redrawn.
Keep an eye out for more giveaways coming soon!
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Never did I think people would actually read my blogs and enjoy them but here we are. 1400 likes and counting, 13.2k hits on the blog and counting.

I have teamed up with some absolutely awesome brands to reward you, my lovely readers!

Zoo Deodorant – The thing I love about Zoo Deodorant is that it doesn’t stop you from sweating, which is just one of the many ways your body releases unwanted toxins. It’s formulated will 100% natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and arrowroot to absorb moisture, inhibit odour and nourish and soften your skin. It’s made here in NZ and is cruelty-free.

Missy Chu – These bibs are not only freaking adorable, they’re super well made, absorbent and made right here in Wellington! They come in the cutest patterns with lots of gender neutral options available.

Antipodes Scientific Organic Beauty – I don’t even know where to start. The most divine skincare range available right down to the fully recyclable bottles and aluminium tubes, and 100% biodegradable card from sustainable forests. Can they get any better? It’s made here in NZ, they’re vegetarian approved, against animal testing and totally paraben free. 100% natural and certified organic? Oh yes. I own so many of their products I could safely say there is some in every room of the house!

Whittaker’s Chocolate – Need I say more? I basically lived off chocolate when I was pregnant so it seemed only fitting to have their amazing treats as part of the prize pack. The artisan collection has to be my absolute fav because the ingredients are sourced directly from New Zealand’s finest and we’re all about supporting our own.

Bambeado New Zealand – Baxter LOVES him BamBam & Sophie, so much so, we can’t leave the house without either of them. Bambeado also have an amazing selection teething necklaces & bracelets made from 100% Genuine Baltic Amber. Another awesome NZ business.

WaterWipes Australasia – My fav wipes of all because they’re completely chemical free. 99.9% water and 0.1 fruit extract making them the world’s purest baby wipe. They’re perfect for wiping down messy faces and I’m OK with Master B chewing on them because I know there are no nasty chemicals!

Kai Carrier – I discovered these beauties on Instagram (the mummy hive) and am so happy I did. They’re reusable food pouches that you can fill with your own homemade food so not only do you know exactly what your wee one is eating, they’re super convenient! They’re BPA, Phthalate and are PVC free. They’re also awesome for smoothies and older kids! You can order them here.

the herb farm – I am all about natural ingredients as you can see so the herb farm mother/baby range was another must for the prize pack. Their mother to be body oil helps with the prevention of stretch marks and the baby calm massage oil promotes calmness and serenity with its Lavender and Chamomile oils.

Qbaby – Another awesome NZ made natural product. Their Teeth Ease Gel is a 100% natural teething gel which is completely free of chemicals, preservatives, artificial colours/flavours and harmful sugars. Another lifesaver is the TeethEase Drops which are designed to support the health of your baby’s gums and emerging teeth.

I am so thankful to these amazing brands who have donated their products.

Do you want to win some of these amazing products? Competition and entry information over on the Facebook page!

Thanks for all your support xx

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